Friday 4 October, 2-5pm: – conversation, performance and workshop – Inspired by a ground-breaking 2018 pilot project with Improbable, All Change’s company of older people and Performance Design students at Central St Martins are using improvisation to generate a dialogue, a relationship, and a room full of timely stories. Join them, artist Francesca Beard and Michael Spencer (Course Leader – MA Performance Design and Practice, CSM), for a joyous afternoon of impro activities, including: – a screening of short films of the project by Monica Alcazar-Duarte, a conversation about experiencing creativity with different generations; an impro performance; and a chance to take part in an impro workshop.
6.30pm: A Stroll down the Golden Mile –Explore the remarkable and rambunctious history of music hall in Islington! Hear from our band of merry miscreants, the ‘Naughty Nineties’, as they sing their way through songs from the borough. Join in with old favourites including ‘Champagne Charlie and ‘My Old Man Said Follow the Van…’ and get a taste of what music hall was all about!
4-6pm: Words of Wisdom – Performance of poetry, songs and stories – To celebrate National Poetry Day 2019, the WoW poetry collective, together with Associate Artist Francesca Beard, explore the theme of TRUTH. With tea & cake!
Where: St. Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street EC1V 8AJ
We’re counting down to the start of the WORD2019Festival – Autumn – which runs from Thu 3- Sat 12 October 2019 in Islington. Pick up a WORD2019 leaflet from your local library or download it here: WORD2019FestivalLeaflet
WORD is a year-round programme of innovative arts projects and events in Islington, where arts companies, libraries and communities come together to create, share and experience new and original work. It provides a platform for new and often unheard voices and stories, promoting wellbeing, and reducing isolation and loneliness by bringing communities together to share stories. WORD festivals are packed with inspiring activities and events for all ages. Launching on National Poetry Day 2019 – find WORD this October indoors and outside, in the libraries, art galleries, museums, community centres, gardens and streets of Islington.
As June 2019 ends, so WORD2019 – Summerfestival draws to a close. This past fortnight has been a wonderful whirlwind of WORDS, delivered through poetry, stories, songs, performance and illustration – with contributions from local people and artists of all ages and backgrounds.
This year, you don’t have to wait long for more … as for the first time, WORD2019 returns for a special weeklong festival marking #LibrariesWeek from 7-12 October 2019, presented by the #WORDAssociation. Look out for events and activities for all ages, including #LibraryLive,#LateAtTheLibrary and #WORDPLAY events.
Sunday 30 June, 11am-1pm: BSL Family Workshop – Quentin’s Inky Characters at House of Illustration. Explore our galleries and learn new illustration techniques using both British Sign Language (BSL) and spoken English with artist and educator Christopher Sacre. Draw, create and socialise with other families in this hands-on workshop tailored for children aged 5-10 and their parents and carers.Both hearing and Deaf families are welcome. In this month’s workshop, we’ll be creating our very own inky characters from a variety of objects, materials and inks, inspired by the iconic style of Quentin Blake: From the Studio.
Saturday 29 June, 2-3.30pm: ReCreate – join All ChangeAssociate Artists – Fran Lobo, musician and Paul Lyalls, poet, and a host of other young families at Finsbury Library for a magical afternoon of music, singing, stories and poetry for families and children under 5. Drinks and snacks provided.#LibraryLive ReCreate is designed by young families for young families. Where: Finsbury Library 245 St. John Street EC1V 4NB
Friday 28 June, 11am-12pm: #Generations2 – pop-up interactive poetry and photography presented by All Change’scompany of older people, working with artists Leticia Valverdes and Francesca Beard. Find us by the fountains in front of Central St Martins in Kings Cross.